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Grades 7 & 8 to Perform Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

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Ashwood Waldorf School’s 7th and 8th grades will present William Shakespeare’s comic tour de force Twelfth Night (or What You Will) at the Rockport Opera House on Wednesday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, February 11, at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, February 12, at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited. A $10 donation is suggested; under 16, free.

Shipwrecked twins, mistaken identities, love lost and found, and some of the most famous lines in Shakespeare’s oeuvre comprise this rich comedy that many critics have called the Bard’s greatest.

Viola has become separated from her identical twin brother, Sebastian, during a violent shipwreck and finds herself washed up on the shores of a foreign land. Believing her brother dead, she disguises herself as a man, names herself Cesario, and takes up service in the court of Count Orsino. It rapidly becomes apparent that Orsino is hopelessly in love with the heiress Olivia. Dispatched to woo Olivia for the count, Cesario only succeeds in winning fair Olivia’s love for himself. Meanwhile, Viola has fallen in love with the count!

All this takes place while Olivia’s carousing uncle, Sir Toby Belch, and his bumbling sidekick, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, torment Olivia’s steward Malvolio by drinking, joking, and singing late into the night. Then, to get revenge on the priggish Malvolio, Olivia’s maid, Maria, plots with them to convince Malvolio that Olivia is in love with him.

Two casts will be performing: Anikka Reinwand and Isabella LaBranche as the plucky Viola/Cesario, Sylvan Eichenlaub and Isaiah Doble as the lovesick Count Orsino, Rachel Sizeler-Fletcher and Morgan MacDougal as proud Olivia, Yonah Wienges as the twin brother, Sebastian, Caleb Edwards and Frances Ostensen as the conniving Malvolio, Kate Kemper as the Fool, Daniel Snider and Jasper Berryman Moore as Sir Toby Belch, Sofia Mott and Ocean Rancourt as the witty Maria, Cullan Hamilton and Michael Frampton as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Jacob Mills-Lightner and Jasper Louden as Antonio, Eli Moore and Andrew Levitt as Fabian, and Acer Van Dis as the Sea Captain.

New Dollmaking Class, January 2016

An ideal doll for a very young child is the “heavy baby,” a soft doll weighted with millet that little ones love to cuddle, hug, and lug around with them. The doll’s weight provides grounding, and children can both nurture the doll and feel nurtured when it sits on their lap or rests in their arms.

Ashwood Waldorf School is offering a free, four-week workshop where early-childhood teacher, Beth Lunt, will teach participants how to make a “heavy” (or ”bunting”) baby doll. Dates will be January 7, 14, 21, and 28 (all Thursdays), 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register no later than December 30; space is limited. A materials list will be provided when you register.heavy baby flyer

Dollmaking Classes for Adults

Ashwood Waldorf School is offering an opportunity to create a beautiful, soft doll in time for holiday giving on six Thursday evenings: September 17, 24, and October 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in the Rosewood Early-Childhood Center on Ashwood’s campus in Rockport.

Ashwood early-childhood teacher, Beth Lunt, will provide free instruction and guide participants in purchasing necessary materials.

Call or email to register by September 8.


Ashwood at the Farnsworth Art Museum

This fall, Ashwood Waldorf School early-childhood teacher, Beth Lunt, will be offering a series of crafting classes at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland. These classes are for children ages 2-6 with an adult, and feature simple, artistic creations made from natural materials. Meet new friends and gain new skills!

Friday mornings, 10:30-11:30 a.m., beginning September 11 and continuing through November 21.

We request a $5.00 donation per project for materials. Contact us with any questions; we look forward to seeing you!

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Zoot Student Art Show

zootZoot Coffee on Elm St. in Camden, Maine is hosting an exhibit of artworks by Ashwood Waldorf School students during the months of December and January.

Ashwood’s professional faculty is devoted to challenging and engaging each student through a curriculum that integrates science and mathematics with literature, history, and the arts.

Every Waldorf student can play an instrument, paint, draw, and create handcrafts. However, we are not an art school. Waldorf schools around the world integrate the arts into every subject to bring lessons to life and draw out the children’s inherent capacities. The classroom atmosphere fosters interest, wonder, and enthusiasm.

In kindergarten and the lower grades, children paint with watercolors weekly. Younger children focus on the primary colors; later, they encounter more colors and techniques. They also have regular opportunities to color with crayons and model with beeswax. In the early grades, teachers emphasize the artistic process; as the children mature, the result of their artistic work becomes more important.

In the upper elementary grades, students continue with watercolor painting, and may also work with pastels, draw with pencils and charcoal, and paint in layers. Students paint and draw still-lifes and portraits and depict moods and landscapes. Students work with clay in many settings, integrating the arts into other subject areas.

Form drawing is a unique component of the Waldorf curriculum and has both pedagogical and artistic value. Form drawing in first grade leads to the formation of the letters of the alphabet. As the grades progress, form drawing hones fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination, which leads to later precision in free hand geometric drawing.

Stop by and feast your eyes!

Dollmaking Workshop

Ashwood Waldorf School is offering an opportunity to create a beautiful, soft doll in time for holiday giving on four Mondays evenings: Nov. 3, 10, 17, and Dec. 2. from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Ashwood’s early-childhood teacher, Beth Lunt, will provide free instruction, and guide participants in purchasing necessary materials.

Call or email to register (by October 20), or with any questions: 207.236.8021 info@ashwoodwaldorf.orgdoll

Seasonal Handwork Workshops

Creating beautiful handwork can enrich our connection with the changing seasons. Cherry Short-Lee, longtime parent-child class leader and one of Ashwood’s founders, has offered to share her enthusiasm and expertise with parents of children ages 18-36 months, with or without their children, this fall. In three sessions, October 7, 14, and 21, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., learn to create grapevine wreaths and decorate them with natural materials to reflect the changing seasons. Sessions are free of charge; fee for materials is $5.00.

Register no later than October 2 by phoning or emailing Judith Soleil: 236-8021 ext. 105;

Education Innovator Nancy Harris Frohlich Joins Ashwood’s Board

Nancy Harris Frohlich

Nancy Harris Frohlich

Ashwood Waldorf School is pleased to announce that prominent educator Nancy Harris Frohlich has joined its Board of Trustees.

It was a chance encounter with a 12-year-old Ashwood student that led to Frohlich’s association with the 28-year-old independent school.

Each year, Ashwood participates with other area schools in the student art exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. While attending the exhibit, Harris fell into conversation with Michael Frampton, then a Fifth Grader at Ashwood Waldorf School and one of the student exhibitors.

Impressed with Michael’s ability to talk about his artistic process, Frohlich decided to attend a presentation at Ashwood featuring the school’s Eighth Grade Projects. These annual projects integrate art, technology, engineering, writing, and design within the context of a yearlong mentoring relationship with a professional in the field of endeavor.

Detail of the painting

Detail of the painting

Frohlich, a lifelong proponent of art in education, recognized a kindred spirit in her encounters with Ashwood. “Art inspires kids to become adventurous thinkers,” Frohlich reflected in her blog. “It teaches them to plunge into problem solving, breaking the whole into manageable parts. It invites them to apply and deepen their understanding in virtually every curricular area—in particular in math, engineering, and science.”

A teacher and educator since 1972, Nancy Harris Frohlich has a Master of Education in Child Development from Tufts University.

Frohlich was head of school at The Advent School, Boston, for 17 years. During her tenure there, she oversaw major renovations to the classroom facilities, developed and documented the curriculum, founded the school’s early childhood program, and established after-school and summer programs.

Prior to her work at The Advent School, Frohlich served for 20 years at the Charles River School as director of studies, coordinator of lower grades, and teacher of first and third grades. From 1979 to 2012, Frohlich directed teacher workshops in thematic education for schools.

In 2013 Frohlich founded ArtWorks, “a center for research and collaboration to promote the teaching of thinking through art.” She is an advisory board member at the Charles River School and The Advent School.

Ashwood Alumni to Perform at Summer Venues

Two summer concerts are coming up that feature some of our talented Ashwood alumni!

Mostly Brothers at the Locavore Festival: On Saturday, July 13, Mostly Brothers (Jamie Oshima ’12, Sean Oshima ’08, Alex Wilder ’08) will appear at the the Locavore Festival in Waldoboro Maine, at Cider Hill Farm. There is music and food all day, and their set is from 2–3 p.m.

Round Pond Family Concert with the Oshima Brothers. On Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a concert at the Little Brown Church, Route 32, Round Pond, featuring the Oshima Brothers, with special guests—their parents (also known as Toki Oshima and John Pranio). Bring a cushion as the pews are hard. For more information call 207-549-3820.

Sean Oshima, Alex Wilder, and Jamie Oshima, three “almost” brothers are multi-instrumentalists and singers. The trio has been performing theater and music together since before they knew how to tie their shoes. Their tight harmonies have, on occasion, been reported to make passersby swoon. They will feature many original songs as well as rocking covers.

Surrounded by Music


One of the great joys of teaching at Ashwood is being surrounded by music almost everywhere I turn.

Walking the halls of the Grade School building is often like taking a musical tour of the world. The younger children play soaring tunes on their flutes and recorders. Morning math games echo in the halls with rhythmic taps, claps and stomps. The 4th & 5th Grade Chorus makes a joyful sound, indeed–pure voices strong and true. And then there are the strings, fiddling their bouncy tunes. I’m might also hear an odd French Canadian folk song, a beguiling round, or a silly jingle.

I have had the pleasure of teaching Ashwood’s Middle School Chorus this year. We started with folk songs, ranging from classic Americana like the Carter Family, to contemporary songwriters like M. Ward, and we sprinkled in a few Beatles songs for fun.

These were sung first in unison, and we then worked on harmony and upped the complexity of the music bit by bit. Some of our singers have even added their own sophisticated harmonies to jazz up our arrangements.

We have sung pieces from Africa, France, Russia, and England. We’ve sung gospel music, Civil Rights music, classic rock and roll, and some songs simply beyond category. I wish everyone could experience those moments when the Chorus is truly feeling the music, filling up the room with their youthful voices.

Please join the Middle School Chorus, as well as the 4th & 5th Grade Chorus and our String Ensembles, on May 22, 6 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House for our Spring Concert!

If you have a child performing at the event, we ask that he or she arrives at 5:15 p.m. in assembly dress. Students should have an early supper before arriving for the concert.